Simon Murgatroyd Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer

I'm the Archivist for the internationally renowned playwright Alan Ayckbourn. I've also been a professional writer for three decades with work published around the world.

I've been Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist since 2005 and am considered a foremost expert on the playwright and his plays. I work closely with the playwright on both his private archive and the Ayckbourn Archive, now held at the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York.
I am the creator, administrator and principal writer of the playwright's official website With more than 3,500 pages, it is the largest single online resource dedicated to a living playwright.

I've been writing professionally since leaving university in 2001, working initially as a journalist. Subsequently, my articles on Alan Ayckbourn, his plays and the Stephen Joseph Theatre have been published throughout the world and I'm also the author of the book Unseen Ayckbourn.

I've given numerous public talks and lectures on Alan Ayckbourn, his plays and the Stephen Joseph Theatre over the years including at official Ayckbourn events, performance platform talks & for universities.

"Ayckbourn is quintessentially a man of the theatre, and Simon Murgatroyd's
achievement has been to celebrate and annotate that for posterity." (The Stage)

News & Upcoming

My article, Lives in Lockdown, has been published in the programme for the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's The Girl Next Door at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
Social Media
I've launched the official Ayckbourn YouTube Channel which features original about Alan Ayckbourn, his career and plays as well as news updates and curated playlists of existing Ayckbourn videos.
I provided research assistance for an exclusive screened interview with Alan Ayckbourn debuted at Scarborough's Big Ideas by the Sea festival in July 2021 and now available online here.
The Ayckbourn Blog
Clare Brennan, critic for The Observer newspaper, tweeted that How The Other Half Loves: The Morley Factor article was "astute and informative."
This Website
I've relaunched my website with new details and improvements to the website. Please explore the site further to find out more.
Out now
Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition
My book exploring the unseen, unpublished and unwritten plays of Alan Ayckbourn.

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